Facebook is one of the biggest and most popular websites on the Internet. Used by companies, people even dogs and cats to connect and communicate with one another, it’s little wonder that some people would try to take advantage of it for their personal gains, or to steal information. While this isn’t new, hackers have released malware that infects users by notification emails.
Hackers are sending out emails that look like Facebook notifications. The notifications claim that you’ve been tagged in a picture and provide a link to click on to view your profile. When you click on the link in the email you're taken to a website where malicious malware is posted, and is installed.
After the malware is installed, you’re taken to a Facebook profile as if nothing happened. This could be a serious issue, luckily, it’s easy to spot. The sender of the email is firstname.lastname@example.org, the extra “o” makes it obvious that the email is not a legitimate email from Facebook.
As a reminder, it’s never a good idea to open an email unless you know the sender. The easiest way to not be infected with these types of emails is to simply open Facebook when you receive a notification email. When you log in, you’ll see any new notifications on the top left of your screen. We also encourage you to ensure you have virus scanners installed and updated, as the developers of the software are aware of this and will most likely have updated their software by the time you read this.
Have you received an email like this? Let us know what it said below, or contact us if you’re unsure what to do with it.